Job Opening – Assistant or Associate Curator (12/2011)

2011 December 12

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The MIA seeks a creative, dynamic, and experienced Assistant/Associate Curator in the Department of Photography and New Media.  Reporting to the Department Head, the curator is responsible for the care, research, exhibition, and study of over 11,500 photographs and media works in the collection.  The curator will also have the unique opportunity to organize annual exhibitions in two gallery spaces and to develop an innovative series of collection catalogs.

The ideal candidate possesses an in-depth knowledge of the history of photography combined with a broad understanding of modern art, history, and culture; is an adventurous risk-taker who does not fear experimentation, and who enjoys challenging curatorial conventions and proposing ambitious projects.  The successful candidate will be a congenial colleague who is open to new ideas and comfortable collaborating with curators, scholars, and artists from a variety of disciplines; thinks strategically and creatively about engaging diverse audiences through insightful scholarship, installation design, text, media, programming, and education.

Specific duties include:
-Responsible for all aspects of research, planning, budgeting, organizing and implementing original exhibitions that inspire audiences to think about photography and its history in new ways.
-Publish scholarly writings in catalogs and journals, and provide text for the New Pictures blog.  Lecture on photography to diverse audiences, and represent the MIA at public events.
-Work with the Head of Photography and New Media to publish a comprehensive collection catalog that offers a range of scholarly and artistic perspectives.
-Collaborate with interdepartmental curators and Learning and Innovation to situate photography and new media throughout the MIA’s cross-cultural collection.
-Cultivate collectors through the Photography and New Media Affinity Group.
-Oversee day-to-day activity in the Photo Study Center.
-Develop contacts with academic community, artists, and students, and encourage the use of the Photography Study Room.
-Make acquisition recommendations.

Requirements include: Master’s degree in the field of photography, art history or related cultural fields (Ph.D. preferred); proven track record of organizing photography exhibitions and publications on photography and its related histories; at least three years’ museum and/or gallery experience; hands-on and historical knowledge of photography’s techniques and materials; knowledge of the art market, dealers, galleries, collectors, fellow professionals and other constituents in the field; ability to work independently and coordinate complex projects to completion; ability to write interpretive material for a diverse audience; significant art historical research skills and experience; excellent written and verbal communication and organization skills; team skills and ability to work effectively with staff, trustees and other vital contacts.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume.

MAIL:Attn: Human Resources
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
FAX: (612) 870-3263
EMAIL: miajobs@artsmia.org

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